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Charlottesville Removes Robert E. Lee Statue That Sparked A Deadly Rally, Along with Two Others

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People of color and allies in Charlottesville, Virginia, cheered as crew workers removed the Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewell” Jackson statues that were the catalyst for a deadly white supremacist rally.

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  • In 2016, a Black high school student Zyahna Bryant petitioned for Lee’s statue to be removed and was approved by city councils for removal in 2017. Pro-monument organizations, such as the Virginia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, filed a suit urging the city not to take the statues down. The division between those who wanted the statues removed and those who didn’t come to a boil the summer of 2017 during the “Unite the Right” rally.
  • On August 11, 2017, neo-Nazis, white nationalists, and Ku Klux Klan members arrived in Charlottesville to protest the removal of the confederate statues. They walked across the University of Virginia campus with torches and chanted “Jews will not replace us” and ended up fighting against anti-racist counterprotesters. The next day they gathered near Lee’s statue for the rally and again fought against counterprotesters, which ended in the death of Heather Heyer, 32, and injuries to others. Neo-Nazi James Alex Fields Jr. drove through the counterprotesters, killing Heyer. Former President Donald Trump blamed both sides for the rally turning violent during a press conference. The state had to declare a state of emergency.
  • Many believed the statues of the Generals held racial connotations, such as white supremacy, as they were constructed during the Jim Crow Era when Black Americans were having their rights taken away. Sterling Howell, a program coordinator for the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society, stated that they were created during “the height of lynchings in American history,” proving that Black people weren’t welcomed in the country. Jackson’s statue was built in an area that used to be a prominent Black neighborhood in the city. At the same time, events that celebrated Confederate veterans were held in Vinegar Hill, another affluent Black neighborhood.

  • The increasing number of Black people being killed at the hands of police in America pushed the notion that Confederate monuments needed to be removed. According to a 2020 study by the Southern Poverty Law Center, “270 Confederate symbols have been removed over the past few years, with 1,600 remaining” in the country.
  • States such as North Carolina, Texas, Florida, and Maryland have removed the most Confederate monuments and symbols since the aftermath of the Black Lives Matter movement protest of 2020. Nashville, Tennesse was able to remove the bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate Army general who was the first grand wizard of the KKK. Unfortunately, states such as Mississippi, Georgia, and West Virginia have ways to rid the states of racist symbols, with Georgia still having close to 200 located around the state.
  • In an emergency meeting Saturday, city officials decided in a unanimous vote to remove the Meriwether Lewis and William Clark statue that featured Sacagawea, a Shoshone interpreter. Native Americans found the statue offensive, as it showcased Sacagawea as their little pet while the two explorers stood proudly. Dustina Abrhamson, a great-great-great niece of Sacagawea, told NPR that the statue made the Native American icon seem like a “coward.” Her mother, Rose Ann Abrhamson, said she wouldn’t mind seeing the statue being used as an educational tool.

“I feel that it should just be melted down. That’s my opinion. I feel that it’s entirely offensive and it should be obliterate, but if it can be utilized to give a message — to give a greater message — to educate the public, that would be an opportunity. So I’m very pleased with what is taking place, and it’s been a long road,” said Rose Ann Abrahamson.

  • Nikuyah Walker, Charlottesville’s first Black female mayor, believes removing these statues is a step in the right direction. She stated that we are “one step closer to the goal of helping Charlottesville and America grapple with the sin of being willing to destroy Black people for economic gain.” A spokesperson for President Joe Biden tweeted that he is in agreement with the removal of the statutes and believes that “monuments to Confederate leaders belong in museums, not in public places.”

For now, the statues will be placed in a secure location while the city comes up with a more permanent plan. The stone bases of the statues will be removed at a later date.

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Former NFL Champ Nate Burleson joins CBS Mornings

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Former NFL player Nate Burleson has officially made his hosting debut on the newly branded morning talk show, CBS Mornings.

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  • It was announced earlier this month that Burleson would replace Anthony Mason. Previously Mason joined Gayle King and Tony Doukoupil as host of the former CBS This Morning.  The show was rebranded in tandem to the relocation of their set to Times Square and Burleson joining the cast.
  • Since 2017, former NFL player Burleson has been the host of Good Morning Football on the NFL Network and has served as an analyst on The NFL Today on CBS. Burleson will continue his role on The NFL Today.

  • Burleson is the second former NFL player to join a network morning TV show, with Michael Strahan playing a major role as a co-host on ABC‘s Good Morning America.

Burleson credits Michael Strahan as the ‘blueprint’ for his career path, explaining, “He’s one of those individuals that I took a liking to once I retired because he rewrote the blueprint. I don’t want to say that he is the blueprint, because there has been plenty of players that have transitioned out of the game into TV. There have been African American men and women before him that have done the same thing, but he is a guy that has shown me the lay of the land, especially being a transplant from the West Coast to now New York.”

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Classes canceled at Howard University as US Government investigates ransomware cyberattack

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Howard University officials along with leading cyber experts are trying to assess what has been compromised in an active ransomware, cyberattack on the HBCU campus. Officials have deemed the attack criminal.

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  • Monday, the university issued a statement to faculty and students that “the service disruption was caused by a ransomware cyberattack against the university.”
  • Classes have been canceled for Tuesday and Wednesday. Students have been notified that online and hybrid classes will remain canceled and only essential staff will be allowed on campus. All in-person undergraduate, graduate, professional, and clinical experiential courses will resume as scheduled on Wednesday.
  • A ransomware attack can be triggered by simple, everyday activity. Opening a unintended link inside of can lead to a cyberattack.  Computer, tablet and phone users are encouraged to change their passwords and security questions regularly.

Howard University is home to several notable high profile Black alumni such as Chadwick Boseman and Phylicia Rashad.

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Polo G Reportedly Arrested in Los Angeles on Concealed Weapon Charge

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Polo G was arrested on in Los Angeles on Monday, TMZ reports.

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According to the outlet, Polo G was arrested after police allegedly found a concealed firearm on the Hall of Fame rapper, which TMZ points out is a felony. The supposed discovery of the firearm occurred when a vehicle Polo G was a passenger in was stopped.

It’s currently unclear why the vehicle was pulled over in the first place but it was reported that a male juvenile was also detained during the stop.

Polo was similarly arrested while he was in Miami for his Hall of Fame album release party. The arrest, which took place back in June, resulted in the rapper getting hit with charges of of battery on a police officer, resisting arrest with violence, and criminal mischief. The rapper was also a passenger in a vehicle at the time of that arrest.

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